Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) — prospective students

In General

  • Strong practical orientation: To study at a University of Applied Sciences is characterized by a strong practical reference. In addition to a practical study semester, the practical orientation of the study is also reflected in practice-oriented exercises and case studies, practical work in companies as well as a large number of cooperations with business enterprises. Last but not least, the lecturers have several years of professional experience in business.
  • Learning in small groups: Depending on the event, the average course size is between 40 and 60 participants. This enables direct contact between lecturers and students and ideal conditions for working in small groups.
  • Excellent support: Due to the course size, there are about 20 students per one lecturer. In contrast to universities, intensive support of the students will be guaranteed.
  • Short study periods: As a result of the intensive support, students at Universities of Applied Sciences study one to two semesters less than at universities, even in the case of the same degree courses. This not only saves study fees, but also opens up the possibility of starting faster a professional career.

Industrial engineers are neither "real" engineers nor "real" managers. They have the advantage of mastering the most important aspects of both disciplines. This makes them predestined for interfaces in a company in which both economic thinking and taking action as well as an understanding of technical questions are required.

Industrial engineers speak the language of engineers and managers, possess technical understanding and business management know-how. In addition, industrial engineers are extremely versatile and flexible in companies.

Study at the Department of Engineering & Management

Unfortunately not, our bachelor program is intentionally very general considering only six theoretical study semesters. This provides an excellent foundation for both those who start a professional career with a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to subsequently enroll in a master's degree.

For this reason, we offer only the opportunity to specialize in our Master program.

No, there is no pre-study internship required for the current study program in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

The undergraduate program comprises a total of seven semesters, six theoretical semesters and one practical study semester (internship) in a company.

This offers the advantage to acquire first practical knowledge and skills in addition to the theory as well as a very good first professional qualification.

You will find the admission regulations here.

Good knowledge of mathematics and physics, which is equivalent to a "Fachhochschulreife", are essential prerequisites for the successful start.

In addition to mastering the numerical calculation, mathematics requires a good knowledge of geometry, trigonometry, the range of elementary functions, and the fundamentals of differential and integral calculus.

In physics, solid prior knowledge, at least in the areas of mechanics and electricity theory, as well as the safe handling of physical quantities and equations are expected (a continuous course of physics up to grade 12 is a good prerequisite).

For all first-year students, especially those with insufficient or needful prior knowledge, it is possible to attend one-week intensive courses of mathematics and/or physics, which are organized by the Hochschule Mannheim Transfer gGmbH (HMT) in close cooperation with University of Applied Sciences Mannheim. The courses are carried out by professors and take place at the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim. Further information you will find here (in German).

Business skills are not required, but they facilitate the understanding of first month subjects.

In general, you have the possibility for a first glance at each lecture. If you are interested, we recommend you to choose a lecture from the basic course (see the current timetable German) and introduce yourself briefly to the professor before the course start and ask whether it is possible to attend the lecture at this time.


Yes, in any case. If you would like to complete the voluntary military service or an equivalent, you should apply for a study place before you start or during your service.

If you get a study place during your service time and you could not attend due to the service, the place of study will alter. Indicating the rendered service in your application, you can apply for preferential admission.

Note: A rendered application for a study place that has already been received must take place at the latest after the second award procedure, since otherwise your entitlement will expire.

As service is considered as:

  • Voluntary military service
  • European voluntary service
  • Expiring military service
  • Expiring civilian service
  • Voluntary youth service as e.g. voluntary social year, voluntary cultural year, voluntary ecological year according to the "Jugendfreiwilligendienstgesetz) or European voluntary service of at least six months duration or voluntary service within the framework of a model project sponsored by the federal government.
  • Development volunteers (of at least two years according to the Development Aid Workers Act/Entwicklungshelfergesetz)
  • Care/support care of a natural/adopted child under 18 years or other dependent persons.

For further information, please contact our Service Center Studierende (German).

YES, but you will not have any advantages if your application documents arrive early.

The deadline for the application is January, 15th (for the summer semester) and July, 15th (for the winter semester). This applies to most Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities, therefore your certificate should be issued before this date to submit a complete application.

For more information please also see Service Center Studierende (German).

The Numerus Clausus (NC) is a restriction for admission, used if there are more applicants than places to offer. It depends on the selected study program and will be recalculated for every semester. All applicants will be ranked and vacant places awarded. The NC is equivalent to the applicant's score who got the last place.

The allocation of places at Universities in Baden-Württemberg is awarded in accordance with the existing administration rules. However will not only be assigned by the HZB grade (high school diploma/ grade of the school leaving certificate) but in agreement  with an extended internal selection process. Relevant courses and skills are referenced during this process.

The avarage grade could be determined after the admission process, as it depends on the amount of applicants and its achieved scored within the selection process.

Please note that besides the average grade (HZB/high school diploma/school leaving certificate) further criterias will be allocated.

The place where you apply for a place of study depends on whether you have a German or foreign university entrance qualification.

If you are a:

  • German applicant with an international/foreign university entrance certificate you have to let it have acknowledged by the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart before applying. After recognition, you could apply via our online portal (German).
  • Foreign applicant with an international/foreign university entrance certificate you first have to let your certificates checked by the Studienkolleg Konstanz. After the approval you could apply directly via our online portal (German).

Applicants with a German university entrance certificate could apply directly via the online portal (German).

Industrial Internship

Unfortunately it is not possible because it does not fully meet the requirements of the industrial internship.

Our study and examination regulations provide for the processing of business-engineering-specific tasks, which cover technical and economic aspects.

Part-time study

YES, in reasonable cases (e.g. parenting or care of relatives) part-time studies are possible. If necessary, please contact the Dean.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for international students

The State of Baden-Württemberg will introduce tuition fees for international students who will study starting from fall semester 2017. International students will be required to pay EUR 1,500.00 per semester. The fees are for international students who enter for the purpose of study.

Students from the EU, the EEA, refugees as well as international students who received their general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) in Germany are excluded from the fee. Furthermore, students with established living conditions in Germany are also excluded from the fee.

Please note: students who are enrolled at Hochschule Mannheim before the fall semester of 2017 do not have to pay tuition fees.

For more information see Tution fees for international students.

For specific questions please contact our Service Center Zulassung (German).

Tuition fees for the second degree

Students from the EU and the EEA member states and German citizens or foreign students with a German university entrance qualification, who already hold a German bachelor's or German master's degree, may have to pay tuition fees when gaining their second degree of the same level. It is expected that this fee will amount to EUR 650.00.